What is recyclable?
Recyclable definition, to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: recycling paper to save trees, recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling).
All plastics #1-7 (except Foam cups or packing materials)
Aluminum foil products (cans, baking tins & foil)
Bundled plastic bags/wrap
Metal containers (including empty aerosol cans)
Scrap metal (cookie sheets, utensils)
Shanghai activity from this July
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Household trash has occupied the minds of Shanghai residents this week: specifically, are the contents of their bins “wet”, “dry”, “hazardous” or “recyclable”?
A man and a cleaner throw trash at a separate waste collection in Shanghai, China May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
Residents of the city, one of the world’s biggest with about 23 million people, must arrange their trash according to those labels under a mandatory sorting scheme starting on July 1.
China is in the sixth year of a “war on pollution” designed not only to clean up its skies, soil and water but also upgrade its heavy industrial economy and “comprehensively utilize” its resources, including waste.
Improving recycling rates is crucial to China’s strategy, and cities are trying to figure out what to do with the heaps of trash clogging up rivers or buried in hazardous landfills.